FATAL TRAIN ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION According to statistics, train accidents cause approximately 2,500 injuries and 600 deaths each year. Generally, FRA investigates accidents and incidents meeting the following criteria: Any collision (main or yard track), derailment, or passenger train incident resulting in at least one fatality or serious injury to railroad passengers or crewmembers. Amtrak Passenger Train Head-on Collision With Stationary CSX Freight Train. FRA field personnel are routinely dispatched to the scene of serious train accidents in order to determine their cause, or whether a formal investigation is warranted.
A Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) report found there was a lack of "effective communication" over flood risks and "significant" delays rescuing passengers. Train accidents such as this one can occur for several reasons, including train personnel error, train track failure, a mechanical error or malfunction, a signalman error, and reckless actions. Railroad Accident Brief: New York City Transit Train Strikes Two Flagmen.
FRA Investigations of Railroad Accidents The Accident Analysis Branch continuously monitors the occurrence of train accidents and incidents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.